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LA BRA, Rafael M. de (lah'-brah), Cuban author, born in Havana, Cuba, in 1841. When he was ten years old his parents took him to Madrid, Spain, where he was educated and admitted to the bar in 1860. He took an active part in the movement for the abolition of slavery in the Spanish colonies, and in 1869 was made president of the first anti-slavery society that. was ever established in Spain. In 1871 he was elected a member to the Spanish cortes, representing Porto Rico, and since then he has constantly represented either Cuba or Porto Rico, in that body always advocating a liberal policy toward the colonies. Labra is a professor in the University of Madrid, and a member of many literary and scientific institutions. He has written much and on many subjects. His principal works are "La Cuestion Colonial" (1868); "La perdida de las Amerieas" (1869); "Las Colonias de Inglaterra en America" (1874)" "La Colonisacion an la Historia" (2 vols., 1877); " La Abolicion de la Esclavitud " (1882); "Hombres y Cosas de Espafia"; "La Emancipacion de America"" " Portugal y sus Cedigos" (1878); "Inglaterra y los Cedigos negros" (1879); "La Revolucion Norte-Americana en el Siglo XVIII."; "La Democra-cia"; and "El Derecho Ingles."
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